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Heathcote National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Heathcote National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:

Planning for the future

You are invited to have a say on the future of Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area by commenting on 6 discussion papers by Monday 28 August 2017.

Have your say on the future of Heathcote National Park

Preserving biodiversity

Endangered animal habitats are found in Heathcote National Park. NPWS is committed to the protection and conservation of these endangered species, and works to educate visitors wherever possible. Directional signage is positioned and maintained around the park.

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Heathcote National Park. Pest reduction of introduced species, as well as ongoing risk assessment for new and emerging weeds, is an important part of the work NPWS does to protect the biodiversity values of this park.

Conservation program

Regional pest management strategies

Weeds and pest animals cause substantial damage to agriculture and our environment, so it’s essential we manage them in NSW national parks and reserves. Our regional pest management strategies aim to minimise the impact of pests on biodiversity in NSW.  We work hard to protect our parks and neighbours from pests and weeds, ensuring measurable results.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Heathcote National Park is equally committed to park conservation and visitor enjoyment. NPWS works to provide clean, safe facilities for visitors to enjoy and aims to inform the public about sustainably using this park. NPWS monitors the effects of recreational access on the park’s natural and cultural assets, and implements actions to prevent negative impacts, as required.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

Conservation program

Planning for fire

Bushfires are inevitable across fire-prone vegetation types within NSW national parks. NPWS prepares for wildfires by working with other fire agencies, reserve neighbours and the community to ensure protection of life, property and biodiversity. Every park has its own fire management strategy, devised in consultation with partner fire authorities and the community to plan and prioritise fire management.

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A tree, Waterfall to Kingfisher Pool loop, Heathcote National Park. Photo: Andy Richards